I swear, if we don’t get rid of those woodpeckers, I might just go insane. Not funny insane, like in the old cartoon show, but actual crazy angry. I’m all for bird watching, going on long hikes in the mountains and looking for deer, and leaving things in their natural habitat. But, my house is my house. What’s wrong with the woodpeckers around here? Why can’t they enjoy the many, many trees on our property? Or, how about the berries out by the creek that runs through our back yard? The other birds seem to like it just fine, and find enough bugs to feast on. So, why can’t they? Maybe it’s time to just get rid of woodpeckers if they can’t play nice.
I’ve got a nice home on a quarter-acre lot, which is perfect for me. Instead of opting for an expanse of grass that I’d have to mow as I get older, I went for a more natural, forested look. Every year, I plant tulip bulbs and daffodils out under the mature trees on our property. In the evening, I sit out on the deck of my small home and listen to the creek burbling and watch the birds flitting, and I sip my drink and think I’ve got a wonderful life. I even put out a couple of bird baths, a hummingbird feeder, and a few bird houses and feeders to make the wild life feel welcome.
And, if I’m ever going to enjoy watching birds from my deck again, I must get rid of woodpeckers.
They start out early in the morning, when I’m trying to sleep in. A knock-knock-knock against the roof above my bedroom. I run outside to try to scare them off, but they just fly into a nearby tree and pretend nothing happened. As soon as I get back inside, the knocking starts up again.
And, they do help themselves to the berries. That’s sure. Wanna know how I know? There are reddish streaks decorating the side of my home. Right next to the holes appearing in the stucco. If it was just the knocking noise that bugged me, I wouldn’t care so much. But, destroying my house in the process? Come on.
I don’t want to kill them, don’t get me wrong. I just want to get rid of the woodpeckers. But, I can’t figure out how. And, I’m angry, too. I’m sure they have access to plenty of bugs in and around the trees. Why does my home attract them more than their natural habitat? Is it the warmth? I can’t figure it out, and I can’t scare them away.
A friend told me that Allstate Animal Control will send an expert out to my house to get rid of the woodpeckers. Not only that, but they could get someone to fix the damage the woodpeckers caused. Now that’s service.
So, a quick phone call, an appointment scheduled, and maybe I’ll be able to enjoy my quiet little haven once again.